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At 8400 Feet - 'Live Where the Gods Fly'

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-5)

*** PINE POINT ***

Colorado at its rugged best... the Indians had a phrase for this unique area of the majestic San Juan Mountain Range - 'Where the Gods fly.' Your residence is set in an aspen/pine forest at 8400' perched on a Rocky Mountain cliff side beneath the rugged 11,000' rock formation named the Hermosa Cliffs.

We offer a true intimate family setting with outstanding views and total privacy. Seventeen miles north of town, Pine Point is a convenient four miles away from the Durango Mountain Resort which offers activities throughout the year. What makes this property unusual are the two separate residences attached by intercom allowing families or friends to have both access and privacy.

The upper main residence is a two bedroom/one bath living space which includes a cathedralesque great room with incredible views and a twenty five foot/south facing wall of glass. The wrap-around deck provides more than (300) sq. ft. of additional outdoor living space and expansive views carved by ancient glaciers winding down the Durango Valley. From the deck or from the great room, guests often feel as if they are standing in mid-air.

Downstairs (under the upper deck) is a separate studio apartment complete with a kitchen, bath, and private deck. With its 270 degrees of glass, this space is perfect for a couple and was originally designed for parents to find refuge from their teenage children.

*** LOCATION ***

You are within walking distance of two spectacular lakes, Electra and Havilland. Electra Lake features twelve thousand foot peaks covered with snow most of the year and is less than a half mile from your front door. The lake is coveted by fishermen and mountain bikers alike and considered to be one of the most stunning in all of Colorado. There is a fee to enter.

You are also four miles from a world-class ski and hiking resort. The close proximity of Pine Point to the Durango Mountain Resort affords an active family or group the best of all worlds - excellent public recreation areas and a warm, totally private house which feels like home.

It must be noted that the second bedroom upstairs in the main house is small and we have decided that it be deemed appropriate for one person instead of two in spite of the queen bed. Historically, we first considered it a two person room.


Pine Point in Durango is indeed one of those undiscovered spots in the world which forms an indelible impression once you are there. Our family lives year round in a 1909 house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara. in 1992 we decided to look for an equally spectacular mountain residence... we wanted something undiscovered - not Mammoth or Aspen or Jackson Hole.

We wanted an experience that encompassed a spectacular view with a modest home that reflected our values. Living at Pine Point includes living among wild animals, soaring birds of prey, and the feeling that you are midway between the wild and the center of town.

Again, what makes our property stand out from others is the fact that our studio apartment offers a separate residence for guests who fall into the 'separate couples' category or for 'parents and children' spending their summer vacations together. Too often a mutual friend vacation or a family vacation is anything but a vacation...there is never enough space for couples or different generations to feel as if they have any privacy.

**** The Seasons ****

(A) Summer (Jun - mid Sept)

At 8400', the mornings are cool and sunny, the afternoons shaded by tall pines complete with mountain breezes. During June, the rivers run high with winter snow runoff and the wildflowers begin to flourish. In July, dramatic thunderstorms arrive as quickly as they disappear in the afternoons and the bears begin to occasionally pass by as all guests are asked to bring in any food at night. August temperatures are somewhat cooler and in many ways August is the most interesting month as the smell of Fall slowly comes to play.

(B) Fall (mid Sept - Nov)

Fall is absolutely our favorite time of year especially the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October. (These weeks will not be available when we retire.) The aspen turn bright orange and yellow as the scrub oaks turn flaming red.

(C) Skiing (Dec - Mar)

We seldom have people who come to Pine Point to just look at the snow. Most go four miles north to ski at Durango Mountain Resort. It is important to remember that winter is challenging in the Rockies. Although the scenery around you is mesmerizing and seemingly endless, the entire area including the main highway requires 4WD or chains without exception. For those who do seek to ski, it is as good as it gets on the Mountain.

(D) Spring (Mar - Jun)

Spring at Pine Point is often sunny and relatively warm during the day and cold at night with temperatures approximately ranging from 30-60 degrees. It is a beautiful time to relax and watch the last of the snow melt as the elk migrate to higher elevations and the birds begin their dance.

*** So if you decide to visit this semi-tamed part of the southern Rockies, be sure to understand that this is not the same as living in a resort condo or in the middle of nowhere. It is a personal experience as many of our guests return year after year. Reservations are best made pretty far in advance. Lic # 27274919.

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About The Owner

The decision to establish roots in Durango was a very personal choice for our family. In 1992, our youngest daughter was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and our family of six flew to Disney World for a week of non-stop stimulation.

When we returned to California, we were determined to fulfill another wish of hers - to find a place in the mountains with big trees and wild animals that we could all enjoy as a family.

After considering Ashland in Oregon, Flagstaff in Arizona, and Lake Tahoe in California, we were referred to Durango by a friend. The locals were so warm and without pretense that we immediately felt comfortable in the setting. There was so much to do, so many places to see, that we were sure that we had found what we were looking for.

It's been twenty years since we were fortunate enough to find Pine Point. Thankfully, everyone in the family is healthy and now we experience the area with our grandchildren as well. Sharing our home with other families has always been part of the plan.

The Owner purchased this house in 1992

Why The Owner chose Durango

Living on the West Coast for the past forty years, our family has always enjoyed a true mountain experience away from the beaten path yet appreciates the amenities provided by city culture.

The Needles range of the San Juan Mountains provides such an experience as does the city of Durango with its fine restaurants and diverse cultural opportunities even though it has a population of just 17,000.

When we first purchased this home it was a 600 sq ft summer cabin without a well, heat, or decks to take advantage of the amazing views. We have doubled the size of the house anchored by a twenty five foot south-facing wall of glass to make living indoors seem like living outdoors.

The challenge of continually upgrading the living experience at Pine Point with the input of guests and friends has always been and continues to be rewarding.

Many of our guests come back or refer their friends.

We are confident that you will feel the same way.

What makes this house unique

The setting is not only stunning, but a perfect distance (17 miles) and a great drive south to town, and in the other direction yet another memorable drive (25 miles) north to Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, and the original 'Million Dollar Highway.'

With two lakes within walking distance, an abundance of trails in any direction, and the immediate glacial views of the Hermosa Cliffs, it is no wonder that the locals refer to this area as the Gold Coast of Durango.

But perhaps the most unique aspect of our home is the downstairs apartment. As parents of four children, we designed this space to be a sanctuary away from everyday family life complete with a kitchen, bath, and 270 degrees of glass to take advantage of the views and peacefulness. An intercom and outside stairway connects the two living spaces. The arrangement has worked incredibly well for everyone as our children are able to enjoy their own space as well.

* note - sometimes, families decide that the teenagers use the apartment which seems to suit everyone just fine. Parents then use the enclosed master bedroom with views in the upstairs loft.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you again for allowing us to stay in your home. It was all we hoped for. We had a beautiful time in Colorado!
Jun 2014
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Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master loft with spectacular views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , separate apartment below, 270 degree views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , new, comfortable, top-of-the line futon
    Convertible bed(s) - located in great room
  • (2) King size beds. (1) queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Propane heating, propane stove, satellite television, videos, music, sound system, board games, (1) full kitchen/ (1) half kitchen, linens, cookware, wood stove w/glass door, barbecue, certain pets allowed,


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At 8400 Feet - 'Live Where the Gods Fly'
average rating of 4.95 based on 35 reviews

Will be returning!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful place with plenty of room for two couples. Gorgeous view and down the road from purgatory ski resort! Mr. Paul is so helpful and is always so quick to reply with any questions. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property. Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property, incredible views, comfortable and clean house, and warm and friendly hosts. You're going to love your stay there.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pine Point is UNREAL!

  • 5 of 5

We came to visit from California and have fallen in love with this beautiful property! Everything about it was perfect! By day we explored Durango and the surrounding areas and by night we had family dinners and played games around a calming fire in the living room. My three daughters (who are not easy to please) love the property and rarely leave the deck, which has the most amazing view. This has been the best family vacation we've had in some time. We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A cozy home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

As comfortable as it was beautiful, the cabin was for us a place of peace and renewal. The owner provided a wonderful guide book for first timers like us. Many welcome suggestions for amazing local day hikes that lured us away from the outstanding deck and its views of the surrounding forest and mountainsides. The cabin and its locale turned out to be a birder's paradise as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great secluded house

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two school age children really enjoyed the property and will look to book here again in future years. We primarily used the 2-bed room house and didn't enter the 1-bedroom apartment much and had plenty of room. The property has a nice secluded feel on a mountain with a great view. The roads up to the house were nicely maintained, but as the description states, I could see the need for snow chains or 4-wheel drive depending on the weather. Being just minutes form the ski resort, it was a great location for our spring break ski trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay! The view from the deck was just unbelievable! I never tired of looking at the view from both the inside and the outside of the house.The whole front of the house has windows so you are able to enjoy the view from the whole front of the house, including the loft bedroom.The house has three beds (king upstairs, queen futon in the second bedroom, and a pull out in the living room.) Ample room for the 4 of us. The house was well stocked and felt very comfortable and inviting. We were with two teenagers (13 and 17) and they loved it! We got lucky because it snowed during our stay and the area was transformed into a "winter wonderland." The location couldn't be any better! You have your own slice of private paradise and yet you are close to everything. We went to Silverton, Ouray, Mesa Verde, and had a fabulous day skiing at Purgatory ski resort which is only 4 miles away. It was a fabulous vacation and the perfect place to stay! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall, Spring, Summer - Hiking, Fishing, Biking, Touring

Winter - Resort Skiing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

Spring and Fall Special Rates - $215 per night / $1295 per week

Thanksgiving rates - $259 per night / $1495 per week
Christmas rates - $385 per night / (5) night minimum
New Year's rates - $ 415 per night / (3) night minimum

$500 deposit ... full payment (60) days prior

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.